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Darkness in North India as fog trips Northern power grid

india Updated: Jan 03, 2010 01:36 IST
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Large parts of North India, including Delhi, plunged back into darkness late on Saturday night as the regional electricity grid collased due to dense fog, hours after it was restored, bringing to several trains in the region to a standsill.

The Northern grid has again collapsed, leading to disruption of power supply to all power plants in Punjab,
Haryana and Chandigarh, a senior official of Punjab State Electricity Board said in Chandigarh.

He said it will take 6 to 7 hours to restore the power supply.

Several parts of the national capital also went without electricity late tonight--for the second time in a day--
following a major breakdown in the Northern grid.

A Delhi Transco official said the technical problem in the grid occurred at around 10 PM resulting in massive
disruption of power supply.

"As of now, I can't specify the areas affected by the problem in the grid but many areas across the city faced power
cuts because of the technical problem in the grid," he said adding a 440kv line was totally shut down because of the

Several long-distance trains, which left Delhi after 9.45pm, were stranded in nearby areas due to lack of power
supply, said railway sources.

Reports of power supply breakdown also came in from Jammu and Srinagar.

Heavy fog reduced visibility sharply halting vehicular traffic movement on the streets of Delhi and other places in
the region as drivers chose to stop their vehicles on roadsides.

Earlier in the day, the fog led to the collapse of the the northern grid snapping power supply to vast tracts of north India, including Delhi, in the wee hours.

However, power supply had been restored to normalcy by the evening before the second grid breakdown occured late in the night.